In only two pages of READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi, she easily describes how wartime can consist of misunderstandings.  In these two pages, she writes of a nonfiction account of a relatively recent Iranian occupation of the American Embassy. 

Nafisi observed, for example, in a hurried and confused atmosphere surrounding the American Embassy, at the time, that there were Iranians, “bused in daily”, fed and paid by radicals, to gather on the lawn as if it were a picnic.  Nafisi overheard some, some that didn’t know where America was, to some that while fed and gathered on said lawn, thought they were going to America.  Moreover, some of these people were then encouraged to do things, like, burn the American flag.

What then happens when their learned hatred turns into something they cannot, say, change their mind about?